.
                                                                                                         A - How and where did you
                                                                                                      meet Amanda Lepore, and
                                                                                                      what was your first reaction.  
                                                                                                     C- She was one of the first
                                                                                                      people I met in the (NYC) club
                                                                                                      scene. She is all Glamour &
                                                                                                      champagne.  I performed for
                                                                                                      her birthday once and we have
                                                                                                      been really close since.
                                                                                                      Amanda is amazing, and I am
                                                                                                      very protective of her.

                                                                                                      Cazwell has collaborated over
                                                                                                      the years with a who’s who of
                                                                                                      downtown New York—Amanda
                                                                                                       Lepore, Larry Tee, Boy George,
                                                                                                       David Chapelle, The Ones, Chriss
Joss, Peppermint, GoodandEvil, Karl Giant, Lost Daze and recently opened for Lady GaGa.

Gaga is fierce! The first time I performed ‘Just Dance’
with her was in a Lower East Side club on Ave C.  
She threw me on the stage floor and started riding me,
then pushed me off into the crowd.
It was amaaazing!

A- Collaborations seem to work well for you, who have you not worked with yet that is burning at
you and why?
C- Peaches… Definitely Peaches (Merrill Nisker, better known as Peaches, is an Electroclash
artist whose songs are mainly focused on sexuality). I want to work more – with music, with
nightlife…

     
.
A- Ice Cream Truck is a huge hit with our audience – Its fun, catchy and the video
(boys) are hot.  Where are those boys from and how do we meet them!
C- Lol.  They are by buddies from the club, from me DJ’ing, from performing - My
friends.

A- You look really great in Ice Cream Tuck as well… How has your dating life been
since?  Are you in a relationship?  
C- Yes, I have a boyfriend.  He is the one with the Cazwell tattoo at the end of the video.  
It’s not my tattoo –
that would be weird!

A - Tell me about your ink.  
C- I have several, but my
favorite and most recent is
my
Godzilla tattoo – that
was my dog’s name.  

A - How do you think the LGBT community has taken to your music? Is this your target
audience?  Who is?
C- I have all kinds in my audience, guys, girls, gay & straight.  All I wanna do is party
and have a good time! I think everyone can relate to that right about now.

A- What is your daily routine/schedule…Do you wake up early, work out, sleep all day…
What?
C- I definitely don’t wake up early! I try to get a lot of sleep.  Hit the Gym.  Never miss
Judge Judy… It is like watching God work!

A- When will we see Cazwell performing in South Florida?
C- Right now I have nothing scheduled, but would love to come down soon.  
I would love to perform at Miami Beach Gay Pride this coming year.
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CAZWELL | From Music, Burger King and Ice Cream to Lady
Gaga, Dior & Amanda Lepore
by Herb Sosa        

Cazwell likes to do it on the train to Connecticut, in cafes, and
most recently on his kitchen table by the window in his NYC
apartment…Write his music, that is.

The New Spirit of NYC Pop Music as he is often referred to has taken nightlife in the city
as well as dance floors across the world, for a summer spin, and made rainbow
sprinkles on our ice cream and sweaty boys the dessert of choice for the season.

Born Luke Cazwell in Worcester, Massachusetts, he soon discovered and embraced
the NYC energy, nightlife and pulse.  Cazell started his performance career in Boston
with a rap group named Morplay, by soon found himself moving to NYC. “Boston is all
about old town money and being easily impressed by how you speak and present
yourself – It’s a very collegiate town.  New York to me is the center of creativity & artistic
energy.”

A | How do you see NYC before and after Sept 11?  Has the club scene changed and
why do you think?
C | It’s been over 10 years now, but I remember that back then a lot of people were
down on the city… New York used to be good, New York used to be hot. The
Electroclash Festival
(a term coined by Larry Tee, is a style of music that




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2002 changed a lot for the better I feel. Now I feel
a new sense of Pride & creativity in our city,
especially in Brooklyn.”

A - Your music, a mix of electrified dance music
and old school hip hop, is often called the– How
would you describe your work?
C- Just imagine if Biggie Smalls ate Donna Summer

A- What do you enjoy most, performing or
producing/writing?
C- I enjoy both the studio & stage.  I am working on
some exciting stuff right now.  My new production
with Amanda (Lepore) is due out this month.  Look
for our new singles & videos for
Marilyn & Get into it.

Cazwell is also executive producer, brainchild and songwriter
behind International transsexual icon Amanda Lepore’s debut
album “I…Amanda Lepore”.  The album features such Caz
-penned Lepore classics as “Champagne,” “My Hair Looks
Fierce,” (which has already been tapped for a television theme
song!) and the rambunctious pop punk ode to love “Cotton
Candy.” Caz also guest stars in the “Cotton Candy” music video
directed by Bec Stupak which is Amanda’s premiere release for
her album.
.
Cazwell has performed at Radio City
Music Hall as an opening act for
Cyndi Lauper True Colors Tour
(“Radio CIty was a big production.
Amanda and I performed with twenty-
two drag queen ‘Rockettes’ and an
additional 16 dancers with 2 costume
changes. I learned a lot about
keeping things under control to say
the least!”), at the Dior Homme’s
2008 after-party in Paris with electro
upstarts Justice (“Performing for Dior
was an honor. Very intimidating since
Paris is hard to impress. Not to
mention having Karl Lagerfeld at your
show, you want to turn it out.”) and
has been notoriously hosting outlaw
Burger King parties in your city with
troublemaker Daniel Nardicio.        

A- I seen Beyonce at Burger King
Where did that come from?
C- Johnny Make-Up… lol.  He was
saying one day at the studio…
I seen
Beyonce here…I seen Beyonce
there
…I still don’t know if it’s true, he
is very convincing.  
It’s only funny because Beyonce is all
about beauty & being proper.
I seen Britney Spears at Burger King
wouldn't be as funny!
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New York - Nightlife
Amanda Lepore - Lipstick
Success - Money
Favorite personal item I own - Headphones
Best flavor (Ice Cream) – Green Tea
My secret talent – Telling when someone is lying
If I could live anywhere, it would be… - Hawaii
If I couldn’t make music, I would be… - Working
in fashion
I have yet to conquer… - Not drinking
I want to be known for… - Being loyal…
And making Gay people cool!


A Special Thank You to Matthew Dailey at Peace Bisquit
Photos courtesy of
Marco Ovando

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“When I go to a club I
want to party and I want
to make music that
makes other people
want to party. I’m not
necessarily trying to
make
people think too
hard, I’m
trying to
make
them dance.”